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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Porch Pickup helps Newark prepare for Thanksgiving
Volunteers stocked the shelves at Newark Neighbours with porch pickups delivered from the Rotary Club, the Lions and Legion members. Julia Sacco

Volunteers from Newark Neighbours took on the role of unloading and unpacking donations during this Saturday’s Porch Pickup from nearly 100 addresses. 

Cindy Grant, the food bank’s board chair, said thanks to all of the community’s donations and pickups, Newark Neighbours is more than equipped to give back for Thanksgiving.

“Once again, an overwhelming, outstanding community support and contribution that we’re always grateful for,” Grant said.

“We haven’t yet had a chance to do an inventory yet of what we need for Thanksgiving but I think we’re pretty well-stocked.”

Along with Newark Neighbours volunteers, the nonprofit partnered with the Rotary Club, the St. Davids Lions and the NOTL Kinsmen who drove around Niagara-on-the-Lake including Virgil and Queenston to gather as many donations as possible.

Volunteers stocked and unloaded donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

“It’s chaotic but it isn’t, the shelves are ordered very well,” volunteer Wendy Lowe said. 

“This is all in aid and in preparation of our Thanksgiving baskets which we will be preparing in the first week of October,” Grant said.

The baskets will be distributed to clients on Oct. 5 and Grant said the volunteers are planning to prepare enough baskets for 80 families, so lots of food is required. 

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